St. Augustine Catholic Church     314-385-1934


Dear Church,

The whole of existence is alive as never before because out of the graciousness and love of God the Father, His only begotten Son has been born to save us from our sins.  The universe rejoices.


In our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, he proclaims, “Those who have walked in darkness have seen a great light, upon those who dwelt in gloom a light has shown”.

Darkness comes to each of us in its own way.  The devil, from the time of Adam and Eve, through death kept mankind from reaching the Father.  But the birth of Jesus was the answer.  Because through His death and Resurrection our sins were forgiven and His Heavenly Kingdom open to mankind.  The angels were so overwhelmed that they appeared to the shepherds, as St. Luke says, “The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the Glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were struck with great fear.” Just think about how magnificent the Glory of the Lord must have been for them.  St. Luke continues, “The angel said to them.  Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you, you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”  Think about God the Father’s great choir, consider the Mormon Tabernacle Choir times ten thousand.

I believe that the night sky suddenly became bright and golden with choirs of angels filling the sky to overflowing and their voices filling the air with the beautiful sounds of Glory to God in the Highest.  The lives of those shepherds would never be the same again, for they had seen and heard the Glory of God.  And now let us take that Glory in the form of Jesus and the overwhelming joy of that night into our hearts.  May we, the children of God; REJOICE.


Deacon Ed


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